Articles from 2011

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Canada Chief Justice Robert Bauman of the British Columbia Supreme Court upheld Canada’s ban on polygamy on Nov. 23. The case came before the B.C. Supreme Court after charges against two men from a Mormon sect in Bountiful were stayed. “Based on the most comprehensive judicial record on the subject ever produced, I have concluded that (there is) a reasoned apprehension of harm to many in our society inherent in the practice of polygamy,” said Justice Bauman, ... (Continue reading)

B.C. case challenges Canada euthanasia law

On Nov. 14, the B.C. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in Carter vs. Attorney General of Canada, challenging Canada’s laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide. The case, brought forth by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association on behalf of Lee Carter and four others, seeks to throw out Canada’s Criminal Code provisions against euthanasia and assisted suicide and have assisted death treated as a medical issue rather than a legal one. In 2010, Kay Carter died by assisted suicide at the Swiss ... (Continue reading)

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Submissions to Quebec committee overwhelmingly reject euthanasia, assisted suicide

A study of submissions to Quebec’s public hearings on euthanasia, the Special Commission on Dying with Dignity, shows clearly that Quebecers overwhelmingly opposed legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia. The independent analysis of the 427 oral presentations and written submissions to the commission was conducted by Vivre dans la Dignité (Living With Dignity), a grassroots anti-euthanasia group. The report found that only about a third (34 per cent) of those who submitted to the commission were either somewhat or strongly in favor of ... (Continue reading)

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Gibbons found not guilty as judge rules outdated injunction was used

After three months in prison, Linda Gibbons was found not guilty on a charge of disobeying a court order and released from custody to the hugs of supporters in a downtown Toronto courtroom Nov. 4. Justice Alphonse T. Lacavera determined Sheriff Peter Krause improperly read the text of an outdated injunction when he directed that she be arrested outside the Morgentaler Clinic (known corporately as “Lexogest Inc.”) abortion site this past Aug. 4. Krause, he said, read the words of an ... (Continue reading)

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Abortion pictures: what I don’t know and what I know

Abortion pictures: what I don’t know and what I know

I have a large box truck with five-foot by ten-foot pictures of aborted babies on both sides. When I feel disgusted at my own passivity in the face of abortion I drive it up and down Highway 401, across the top of Toronto. I don’t know who will see these pictures of these dead babies on a given day. Of the thousands of people who pass by there will be a number of ... (Continue reading)

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Personhood initiative fails in Mississippi

Personhood initiative fails in Mississippi

On Nov. 9, residents of Mississippi defeated a ballot initiative that, if passed, would recognize all fertilized eggs as people. Initiative 26, the Personhood Amendment, backed by Personhood USA, was defeated 55 to 45 per cent. The measure might have led to a legal challenge because of its contradiction to the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. It needed 89,285 signatures to get on the ballot. In the end, it ... (Continue reading)

Sports anchor fired after speaking out against gay ‘marriage’

Sports anchor fired after speaking out against gay ‘marriage’

Damian Goddard says he spoke out against same-sex ‘marriage’ out of love A TV sports anchor fired in the Spring after tweeting his support for true marriage says he hopes the case will inspire other Canadians to take up the marriage battle, which is experiencing a lull in Canada six years after Parliament legalized same-sex “marriage.”     Damian Goddard, the former host of Connected, was fired by Rogers Sportsnet in May ... (Continue reading)

Vaccine links to autism

Rise to autism may be result of use of fetal cell lines A pro-life biomedical research company is investigating whether vaccines using aborted fetal cell lines increase the risk of autism. The Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI) based in Seattle, Wash., claims that the use of human DNA in vaccines has the potential to combine with the patient’s own genetic material, potentially triggering autoimmune diseases and genetic instability. According to the organization’s April 2010 newsletter, the U.S. Environmental ... (Continue reading)

Pro-family trustee candidates lose in Burnaby

Parents concerned over the radical direction the Burnaby School District has been taking were encouraged by the Nov. 19 school board election results, even though none of their five nominees made the final cut for the position of school board trustee. “Burnaby voters have stated loud and clear that they need Burnaby Parents’ Voice on the scene to bring forward policy and proposals that will ensure parental authority over our own children and promote respect for all,” said Homara Ahmad, one ... (Continue reading)

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95,876 surgical abortions in Canada

Statistics for Canada’s abortion rate in 2009 have been released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), and the 2007 and 2008 reports have been revised. There were 93,755 surgical abortions in 2009, a slight decrease from the 2008 rate of 95,876. However, the real number of abortions is probably higher, as only hospitals are required to report their numbers. Also, data for abortion facilities in British Columbia is incomplete, and Ontario and Québec only report abortions covered by ... (Continue reading)

Porn becomes passe?

Susannah Breslin writes in Slate's The XX Factor blog: TMZ reports the San Fernando Valley-based adult production company Vivid Entertainment has offered Nadya Suleman $1 million to star in an adult movie. Taken at face value, this story is all kinds of wrong. How the story of a freak-mother has twisted itself into a tale of a would-be MILF? OctoMILF? is beyond the scope of my limited brain capacity. Whatever those parties involved or not ... (Continue reading)

Ron Paul reaches out to pro-life voters

You could take a cynical view of this new Ron Paul video and see it as an attempt to win over evangelical/Religious Right voters in the Iowa Republican caucus (and other primary voters assuming he is still in the race as a legitimate contender past New Hampshire), but it is a very good advertisement: the personal stories about his being a doctor who delivers babies, the testimony of others appreciating his Christianity, and women praising the fact that Washington D.C. hasn't changed him. ... (Continue reading)

Storseth’s HRC bill

It's one of our top stories in the December issue: "Bill would delete human rights commission hate speech provisions." The vote on this could come next month. If it does, it looks like the bill will pass. (Continue reading)

Bill would delete human rights commission hate speech provisions

	Bill would delete human rights commission hate speech provisions

Brian Storseth’s C-304 could be voted on by January Conservative MP Brian Storseth (Westlock-St. Paul) introduced C-304, a private member’s bill which, if passed, would delete sections 13 and 54 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.     Section 13 “empowers the Commission to deal with complaints regarding the communication of hate messages by telephone or on the Internet” that are “likely to expose a ... (Continue reading)

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Beware the Fetal Alert Network

A benign-sounding Ontario initiative could result in more abortions Few people living in Ontario have ever heard of the Fetal Alert Network (FAN). According to its webpage, FAN’s goal is “to provide coordinated access to the best care for all women whose babies have suspected or confirmed birth defects, regardless of where they live,” as “time can be a crucial factor in her ability to make decisions for her pregnancy and ensure she has the appropriate level ... (Continue reading)

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